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Unibroue Édition 2004

Formerly brewed at Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Chambly, Canada


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RATINGS: 537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2010
This is the beer best that I’ve ever had. Incredible aroma. Reminded me of lemon and honey, sort of like tea. It was fairly sweet and extremely smooth. It had quite a bit of carbonation like most Unibroue’s. Well hidden alcohol for be at 10.5% ABV beer. Going to see if I can stock up on some more before they are all gone.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Blaakbird (2) - Blainville, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2008 does not count
The 2004 from Unibroue is nothing short of the best beer I tasted in my life. IMO, this beer was at his peak after 2 years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Absolutely phenominal! Thanks Chuck! Pours to a nice rich reddish/brown color with a HUGE frothy/velvety head. It bubbles like champagne. Aroma is very fruity. Peachy, nectarines, apricots, flowery hops, toasted malts. The flavor is very malty. Sweet malts but not caramel in style. Light tangyness on the finish. Nectarines are hidden in a light oak caskiness. White pepper notes. The palate is very lively. A bunch of warming on the swallow but I don’t taste a bunch of alcohol. Creamy and medium mouthfeel. The bottle popped loudly like champagne. mmmmm.... delicious. Either it was just my night to sample this or it really is better than my previous top beers that had a 4.6 rating. This one is well deserving of a 4.7.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Holy mackeral,much more of this rating frenzy and i'm going to be worshipping the porcelain god.Cloudy orange/amber color,nice tan tall head that lasted for some time and managed to leave a bit of lace.The aroma was very decent,Malty aroma with a nice amount of spice and spruce like apperance.The taste was much different,Spice abounds in this brew with a nice sweet malt and floral hops and the spruce manages to make another appearance as well.I don't know if they use actual spruce in there brew but if they do it's nicely done.The alcohol does manage to come through from time to time but not in a way that changes the over all experience.The finish is spicy and quite flavorful.This is really one of the best brews i've had from these guys,in fact i'd have to say it almost puts there La Terrible to shame.Thanks go out to Rastacouere for sending this fine brew and the possible headache i will have in the morning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 1, 2004
#200: Pours beautifully into a tulip glass. Towards the bottom it's a vibrant gold, but as you climb higher in the glass the color richens into an opaque, warm, sunset amber color. The lacy head evaporates quickly, leaving nothing betweeny you and the aroma. Fruit and malt and alcohol waft up from the glass. Overtones of apricot(?) and the pungent tang typical of Belgian brews penetrate low into the sinuses. The flavor rolls from the back of the tongue forward. The spices grab on and slink forward letting the lemony taste leave a tang reminiscent of drinking a Hefeweisen on the roof of the mouth. The malt and cinamon and gingery flavors dangle from the front of the tongue and play with it long after the other flavors have given way to the delicate hops taste. This is a DAMN fine beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Big thick white head that sticks around till the end. Hazy amber-yellow. This gem smells and tastes delicious. Lots of spicy Belgian yeast flavor and aroma throughout. Yum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2004
Bottle. Lots of coriander and alcohol in aroma. Golden brown colour. Sure, it has some of the typical unibroue flavour, but there is so much more here - a great fruity taste with a good amount of carbonation that adds a great crisp characteristic. The alcohol is noticeable too, but 10.5%. Tangy as well. A very very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerDude78 (91) - Brick NJ, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Very good tasting beer. Has many hints of different fruit flavors. Pour a nice reddish copper color and had a nice long lasting head. Alcohol taste is almost non existant. Very good..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2005
As I was waiting for an event to try this "special edition" beer, I now conclude that this is an offering to be enjoyed by the marking of an occasion or the passing of a friend.

The initial cork "pop" signals the entry to a mindset of melancholy memories (alliteration be damned), focusing on the year prior. Appearance began golden-copper bodied with an ever-so-slightly hazy cast that gradually became a dense, almost-brown as the visage of settled yeast protruded. Initial spicy aromas of licorice, ginger, clove, banana and apple subsided as emergent yeastiness took hold with a lemony sourness. First sip was potent, sour apples... but bread dough and banana came through afterwards. Alcohol was fairly well-hidden but revealed itself as I started to compose phrases such as "reflective mediocrity".

Most beers simply are. This beer elicited thoughtfulness. While 2004 was a fine (albeit mediocre) year for me, it strives to be remembered through this Unibroue offering... from the initial cacaphony of applause from a huge-bubbled head... through large, reflective, gaseous belches... ending in long, lingering aftertastes.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5648) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Apple w/cloves for aroma, it’s general color and lightness made me think more of a saison but w/alcohol. Truly excellent, it has a nice spicyness but some heaviness, almost like Christmas. Fantastic.

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